Outdoor Adventure Guides direct, instruct and guide individuals and groups in outdoor adventure activities such as bungy jumping, fishing and hunting, mountaineering, trekking and whitewater rafting.

    You can work as an Outdoor Adventure Guide without formal qualifications. However, relevant experience is often required. Some on the job training may be provided. A course in outdoor recreation might be helpful.

    Tasks

    • meeting members of a tour on arrival and making introductions
    • organising and supervising groups involved in outdoor adventures such as bungy jumping, fishing and hunting, mountaineering, trekking and whitewater rafting
    • setting up and maintaining equipment, and ensuring that equipment is safe and in working condition
    • demonstrating and providing instruction in the use of equipment and techniques required for participation
    • providing advice on safety measures, and ensuring that activities are conducted in a manner to minimise risk to participants
    • responding to emergencies by providing first aid assistance and taking appropriate further action if required
    • answering questions and advising on local interest points within a specific region
    • may maintain written reports of daily activities and carry out other administrative work

    All Outdoor Adventure Guides

    • $1,265 Weekly Pay
    • Very strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 4,500 workers Employment Size
    • Lower skill Skill level rating
    • 57% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 49 hours Average full-time
    • 30 years Average age
    • 37% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Outdoor Adventure Guides (in their main job) grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow very strongly over the next 5 years:
    from 4,500 in 2018 to 5,700 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 4,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 800 a year).

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
    • Location: Outdoor Adventure Guides work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Education and Training; Arts and Recreation Services; and Administrative and Support Services.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,265 per week (below the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: More than half work full-time (57%, similar to the average of 66%), but there are many opportunities to work part-time.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 49 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 30 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are under 25 years of age (32%).
    • Gender: 37% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
    YearNumber of Workers
    2008700
    20091300
    20101500
    20111800
    20123300
    20131200
    20141400
    20154500
    20162500
    20172800
    20184500
    20235700

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
    EarningsOutdoor Adventure GuidesAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings12651460

    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Education and Training42.6
    Arts and Recreation Services33.4
    Administrative and Support Services4.8
    Transport, Postal and Warehousing4.6
    Other Industries14.6

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateOutdoor Adventure GuidesAll Jobs Average
    NSW27.731.6
    VIC27.825.6
    QLD23.120.0
    SA4.67.0
    WA9.710.8
    TAS3.52.0
    NT2.61.0
    ACT1.11.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketOutdoor Adventure GuidesAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-199.5-5.05.0
    20-2422.4-9.39.3
    25-3430.0-22.922.9
    35-4416.0-22.022.0
    45-5413.5-21.621.6
    55-594.3-9.09.0
    60-642.6-6.06.0
    65 and Over1.6-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationOutdoor Adventure GuidesAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate11.0-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree26.3-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma11.0-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV25.5-21.121.1
    Year 1218.9-18.118.1
    Year 112.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below5.3-12.512.5

    You can work as an Outdoor Adventure Guide without formal qualifications. However, relevant experience is often required. Some on the job training may be provided. A course in outdoor recreation might be helpful.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • working with children check
    • first aid certificate

    Thinking about study or training?

    Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

    • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
    • You might be interested in Sport, Fitness and Recreation VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

    Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

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    Employers look for Outdoor Adventure Guides who interact well with others, provide good customer service and are physically fit.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Sales and marketing

      75% Skill level

      Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

    2. Customer and personal service

      71% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    3. Clerical

      66% Skill level

      Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

    4. Administration and management

      64% Skill level

      Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

    5. Geography

      58% Skill level

      Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Contact with the public

      96% Important

      Work with customers or the public.

    2. Frequent decision making

      93% Important

      Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

    3. Face-to-face discussions

      93% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    4. Telephone

      91% Important

      Talk on the telephone.

    5. Contact with people

      90% Important

      Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

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